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Ms. Danielle Chiotti

Upstart Crow Literary

244 Fifth Avenue, 11th Floor

New York, NY 10001



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Website: www.upstartcrowliterary.com

Blog: upstartcrowliterary.com/blog/

Twitter: daniellechiotti

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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from dmdomosea
Jul 19, 2021 8:32 pm


EQ: 5/2/21
CNR: 7/19/21
MG Adventure (superhero) 54,300
(Close enough to 12 weeks response time to close it as CNR)
from Maranda
Jun 11, 2021 6:47 pm


EQ:6/9/21
from fr0sting
May 26, 2021 11:53 am


EQ: 3/31/21
CNR: 5/26/21
YA Magical Realism 78k

I believe her confirmation email estimated current response times were between 6 and 8 weeks. I'm closing this one out at 56 days and writing the rejection letter I didn't receive.

Dear Overly Optimistic Querier,

Thank you for querying me for this project and submitting the first twenty pages that I duly ignored. Had you read the blog on my agency's website, you would have discovered that I respond to next to no queries. Chin up; it's a subjective business. Since I do not want you too feel as if you definitely wasted your time in querying me (you did), I have taken the liberty to compile a list of activities by which you would benefit rather than pursue this futile endeavor.

1. Take a statistics class and realized that the odds are not in your favor.
2. Mine ideas from agents' manuscript wish lists and shape them into an authentic conglomerate of a novel.
3. Research genre trends that will invariably change in the 6-8 weeks you await a response I won't write.

Don't think of it as rejection. Think of it as a lesson in developing a thicker skin. With this query letter, you're going to need it.
from LarkMarie
May 03, 2021 9:06 am


12/1/20, query and first 20 pages, 135k true crime/me too memoir
from dsallenauthor
Apr 16, 2021 11:23 am


EQ: 11/30/2020
Full request: 12/7/2020
No response/follow up
from Johnny555
Apr 03, 2021 7:10 am


EQ: 3 April 2021

MG Fantasy Adventure, 69K
from sara_gilbert_writes
Mar 16, 2021 12:59 am


EQ: 3/16/21

Upmarket YA 50k
from ccosme722
Jan 05, 2021 9:19 am


EQ: 1/5/20
YA Fiction 57K
from ajensrud
Jan 03, 2021 1:48 pm


EQ: 01/03/21

LGBTQ+ New Adult 120k
from evflynn
Oct 27, 2020 7:32 pm


EQ: 8/30/2020
Received confirmation of submission immediately; notes in that confirmation that you should consider it a pass if you haven't heard in 4-6 weeks as she currently doesn't respond to all queries
CNR: 10/27/2020
from MandyMBallard
Oct 27, 2020 12:52 pm


EQ: 9/11
Confirmation of receipt (stating 4-6 week turnaround): 9/11
CNR: 10/27

90k YA fantasy
from InconstantMoon
Oct 19, 2020 9:51 am


EQ: 9/8/20
CNR: 10/19

YA CON VERSE 26K
from Cherylking
Aug 15, 2020 8:49 am


6/26/2020: E-mail query sent
7/28/2020: CNR
8/14/2020: Form rejection
YA historical fiction, 64K words

I like that this one asks for the first 20 pages instead of just the first 5-10.
from shddavis
Jul 30, 2020 8:41 pm


EQ: 6/1/2020
ER: 7/15/2020

Form rejection - MG Contemporary 60K
from moniquemihalit
Jul 17, 2020 8:32 am


EQ: June 16
ER: July 17 (form)
97K YA historical

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